Ceiling safe from trampolinist

       Logan Dooley, an Olympic hopeful in the trampoline, jumped at the Westside's ArtSports facility for the first time Feb. 9. Asked if he liked it, he said yes. Asked why, the first reason he gave was that he didn't hit the ceiling. Synchronized trampolinists Tim Rohlfing (left) and Philip Gifford perform during an ArtSports event Feb. 9 that also 
featured potential Olympics qualifier Logan Dooley.
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       This is no small matter for someone who typically launches himself 30 feet into the air. At 36 feet, ArtSports has “a great ceiling for trampoline,” said Dooley after his exhibition with fellow Olympic Training Center (OTC) trampolinist Ryan Walsh.
       The exhibition, occurring during a tumbling and trampoline competition involving athletes from ArtSports and other locales, had been set up by ArtSports owner Mike Zapp and OTC trampoline coach Dmitri Poliaroush, as part of a recent coordination between the two entities.
       “I thought it was pretty impressive,” Zapp said. “The parents were impressed, and the kids were too. It goes a long way toward promoting trampolining and what a wonderful sport it is.”
       Dooley, who noted that he has struck ceilings in other venues, is currently ranked fourth in the United States. It is still not known if the U.S. will have a slot in this year's Olympic Games in China, but if so, Dooley will have a chance to move up in the rankings over the course of five major meets between now and then, he explained. Similar to Olympic gymnastics, trampoline routines are judged on the basis of difficulty and execution.
       Also in the running for an Olympic slot is Alaina Williams, the second-ranked woman (one slot is available). She was at Art Sports Feb. 9, but could not compete because of a sprained ankle. She too has meets coming up that could qualify her for China.

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